The Wee Trio: Wee +3

The Wee Trio delivered quite a bit of variety over the course of its first four albums. The first two–Capitol Diner, Vol. I (Bionic Records, 2008) and Capitol Diner, Vol. II: Animal Style (Bionic Records, 2010)–established the musical ground and syntax that are part and parcel of this …

Various Artists: Tribute to Andrezej Przybielski Vol. 1

If the Polish trumpeter and composer Andrzej Przybielski (1944-2011) was under-recognized in his native country, he has been all but unknown in the West. Though he had established his early career in traditional jazz groups, he later became a mythical figure on the Polish avant-garde jazz and free …

The Jeremy Lyons Ensemble: The Promise Of Happiness

Saxophonist Jeremy Lyons took a degree in jazz studies from Leeds College of Music, later decamping to London where he undertook further study at Middlesex University and subsequently forming his own quartet and trio with fellow Middlesex alumni Hans Koller and Dave Whitford. He now leads his own …

Kurt Elling: The Beautiful Day

Forget the standard old tidings of good cheer, the same old set of swinging Christmas standards, and the sugary holiday treats that lack vitality and real sustenance. Kurt Elling certainly paid little mind to them when he was putting together this gem of a program. Instead of taking …